first_imgIn a setback to CBI and income-tax sleuths, a Dubai court has barred corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, who is being probed in India for allegedly concealing income of more than Rs 1,000-crore as well as facilitating aviation contracts during the UPA regime, from leaving the country. The Dubai court gave an order on November 29, 2017.The court’s order came after a complaint by one Rajendra Patel, a resident of Burj Dubai, filed on November 28.The complaint relates to a dispute over financial transactions held between March and November between Patel and Talwar for their ‘commericial interests’ in Dubai.Officials in CBI and I-T are intrigued about the timing of the order which will frustrate India’s efforts to bring Talwar back to the country to face the law.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgRecently the Indian Cabinet approved key changes in India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by allowing 100 percent FDI (from current 49%) under automatic route for single brand retail trading and construction development paving the way for global players. During April-September, 2017-18, FDI inflows grew 17 percent on year at USD 25.35 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI inflows hit an all-time high of USD 60.08 billion, as compared with USD 55.46 billion a year ago.While India is opening up its markets to be developed by borrowed foreign investment there is a fundamental question that remains to be answered or rather even asked by experts. While the Western European countries are themselves still reeling under the pressure of the 2008 financial crisis that shook not just their economic but societal and even security foundations and brought them to the verge of bankruptcies; where would all these FDI investment monies come from? This simple question if answered would lay bare the entire charade of Foreign Direct Investment in India as well as the American Dream. It is really amusing that none from the entire 1.3 billion population of India has been able to ask this humble question.Read it at Global Research Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgThe National Science Foundation recently awarded an interdisciplinary team of investigators at five higher education institutions with a five-year, $10 million grant to develop a new type of camera that peers deep beneath the skin to help diagnose and monitor a wide variety of health conditions.The team of investigators for the NSF’s newly announced Expeditions in Computing program is led by Rice University and includes contributions from individuals from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

first_imgWhen a report appeared in a local daily that the Indian Embassy in Kuwait has formed an ‘intervention force’ to rescue distressed workers from the homes of their sponsors, a senior Indian Embassy officially vehemently denied the existence of such a force.A senior official at the embassy said, “There is no intervention force and we don’t need to have one.” The official stressed the Indians respect the laws of the land and the embassy works in cooperation with Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Read it at Arab Times Related Itemslast_img

first_imgWhite is the most popular color for cars worldwide, but Indians are bucking the growing popularity of black and grey colors in America and  Europe. Only 4% of Indians have a preference for grey and 7% for black, against 18% and 26% respectively in Europe and 12% and 17% in North America.   Related Itemslast_img

first_imgAn Indian American Uber driver was subjected to a racist rant as a passenger held a gun to his head near Moline, Illinois. While a police complaint was lodged and a suspect has been identified, no arrests have been made in the case so far, IndiaWest reported.Gurjeet Singh, a Sikh who had been driving for Uber for only a month before the attack on Jan. 28, told the publication that he prayed to God as he felt that he was “going to die that night.”Singh is the head priest of the gurudwara at Silvis, Illinois, and sports a turban and beard. He said that he picked up the attacker and his wife from a bar in Moline. Their house was 8 km away.The attacker sat on the seat next to him, while his wife sat at the back. He asked Singh questions about his background and then, his immigration status. He asked: “Do you serve our country or do you serve your country?”Singh told him that as his family lives in India, he serves both. “This pissed him off. He put a gun on my head and said he doesn’t like turbans. I was very nervous. It was late night and there was no one else on the road,” he told IndiaWest.When Singh pulled over to the side of the road, the suspect’s wife reached across to open the door and pushed her husband out of the car onto the side of the road, according to the Sikh Coalition, the report added. “She insisted to Mr. Singh that he drive her home and leave her husband on the ground to walk home later. Mr. Singh, completely shaken, took the woman to her home. Upon getting out of the car, she did tell Mr. Singh to find a different route back, however Mr. Singh was not familiar with the area and could not figure out how to get back another way,” said the Sikh Coalition in an e-mail to IndiaWest.As the drivers and passengers can only contact Uber through the app, Singh texted the company once he got home. He received a message from Uber saying the passenger account has been deactivated. “After the police arrest him, maybe I will drive again,” Singh told the publication.“The safety of driver-partners and riders is a top priority. If any incidents are reported, we do everything we can to support local authorities with their investigation,” Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling was quoted as saying in the report. “We will cooperate with law enforcement and provide any information to them that would be helpful. I can also confirm we have spoken to the driver following his report to us.” Related ItemsIllinoisIndian AmericanUberlast_img read more

first_imgA visa consultant from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has been accused of duping over 20 people of about Rs 2 crore on the pretext of providing them visas to the United States, and then escaping to America with his family.  Chandkheda Police has registered a complaint against Jayesh Panchal, who used to run a visa consultancy on New CG Road in Ahmedabad. Complainant Uttam Patel told the police that Panchal asked for Rs 50 lakh from him for getting him a U.S. visa. However, he gave Panchal only 20 lakh in advance and assured him of giving the rest of the sum after getting the visa in his possession, Ahmedabad Mirror reported. Patel, a businessman in construction sector, waited for the arrival of the visa till March this year. When he asked Panchal about the status, the latter assured him that he will would get the visa by May. However, Patel came to know on April 1 that Panchal has gone to the United States with his family to settle there. He took all the  money that he had collected from several people on the false promises of visa services, it added.   After knowing about the fraud, Patel went to Panchal’s father to claim his money. But Natwarbhai, Panchal’s father, expressed his inability to pay the hefty amount his son had gathered from him. Patel then contacted Chandkheda police and filed a complaint against Jayesh Panchal on Sept.9, the publication added. It later emerged that at least 20 other people were duped by Panchal, who have them false assurances of getting them U.S. visas.  Investigation in the case has been started, DS Dabhi, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police in Chandkheda police station, told the publication. Patel and other victims have presented evidences of being cheated by Panchal.  This incident is the latest in the recent spate of visa scams reported from all over the country. Earlier this month, four complaints of visa-related fraud were registered in Punjab against eight travel agents, who allegedly took considerable amounts from people on the pretext of providing them visas, which never materialized. The Australian High Commission recently warned visa aspirants about a visa scam allegedly perpetrated by a Delhi-based visa consultancy. Over 50 people had contacted the embassy after paying the agency for getting Australian visas. Related ItemsGujaratlast_img read more